BOSTON Teams

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James on the Cavaliers slipping to second in the East behind the Celtics: "How much does it matter to me? It matters more that we're playing better basketball than where we're at, and if that results in us getting the number one seed, getting the number two seed, three or whatever the hell it is, I want us to be playing better basketball. That's what it comes down to. I'm not worried about anything. I feel like when we're playing Cavaliers basketball, when we're playing the type of basketball that we know we're capable of playing, when we're at full strength, we can start off on the road. We've done it before."

ESPN Stats and Information  

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Celtics are in sole possession of the best record in the Eastern Conference this late into the season for the 1st time since the end of the 2007-08 season, when they won the title.

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Brady will 'defy perceptions' (1:33)
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Kraft in no hurry to lose Brady, Belichick (0:32)
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Kraft hopes to have Butler back with Patriots (0:57)

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Robert Kraft says as recently as 2-3 days ago, Tom Brady told him he could play another 6-7 years.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CEO Robert Kraft on Bill Belichick: "I hope he coaches into his 80s."

Hilary Guy ESPN 

Patriots owner Robert Kraft says Tom Brady told him three days ago that 'Tom hopes to play another 6-7 years.'

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The biggest takeaway from Patriots owner Robert Kraft's meeting with reporters at the NFL's annual meeting was him comparing the acquisition of WR Brandin Cooks to Randy Moss in 2007.

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León's grand slam gives Boston the lead (0:31)

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox reliever Tyler Thornburg has been scratched from a scheduled appearance with an upper right trapezius spasm. Thornburg was supposed to make his first Grapefruit League appearance since March 1 in an attempt to be ready for Opening Day. Now looking like a long shot.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Team president Jonathan Kraft (center) walks through the Arizona Biltmore at the conclusion of the first session of the day. The Raiders' potential relocation to Las Vegas is the main story reporters are following.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Owner Robert Kraft (center) makes his way out of the first session of the day at the Arizona Biltmore, where the league is holding its annual meeting.

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Celtics close gap on Cavs (1:06)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics moved into a virtual tie with the Cleveland Cavaliers atop the Eastern Conference standings with Sunday's win over the Heat. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model gives the Celtics a 66 percent chance at landing the No. 1 seed but Boston is simply focused on continuing to play good basketball. Said Isaiah Thomas: "We can't really worry about what Cleveland's doing … we control our own destiny at this point."